CS Kindiki reveals plan to train and give chiefs guns.
Interior CS Kindiki reveals plan to train and give chiefs guns; he stated that the main aim of the objective, is to curb banditry and cattle rustling
Speaking at Ltungai rangers’ camp along the border of Samburu and Baringo counties on Friday, November 18.
Kindiki toured Samburu County to launch a one-month training of 560 National Police Reservists (NPR) at the Ltungai conservancy.
Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki expressed his commitment to end banditry and the rate of insecurity in those areas.
He added that local administrators will be the first line of defense whenever an insecurity case arises.
Kindiki stated,”From today all the chiefs and their assistants will be vetted, trained and armed and they will work together with the National Police Reservists and special forces to end banditry and cattle rustling.”
“As the interior CS, I understand what the law says in regard to the use of firearms by security officers and I want to state that the weapons issued to police officers and the weapons we will issue to chiefs and their assistants are not for ornamental purposes,” he added.
In 2009, Ex Internal Security Permanent Secretary (PS) Francis Kimemia proposed that chiefs should own guns, since they are a critical defense organ in the villages.
“We will not issue you with guns to misuse and shoot innocent Kenyans, but have it as a weapon to deal with hardcore criminals in your areas,” Kimemia stated then.